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Avengers, Assemble!

The Marvel Universe's all-star superhero team, rebranded for the new millennium.

After Avengers Disassembled, Tony Stark disbanded the Avengers. Six months later, a prison riot at the Raft proved that the world needed an Avengers team, so Captain America recruited the other heroes who helped stop the riot - Iron Man, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Spider-Woman - to form the New Avengers. As the first few arcs went on, the team was joined by Wolverine, The Sentry and Ronin (a disguised Echo, sent by Daredevil in his place, later replaced by a ressurrected Hawkeye). Following Civil War through to the end of Dark Reign, the team was forced underground, but with the beginning of the Heroic Age they were free to operate openly. The series lasted for 64 issues (January, 2005-June, 2010).

Following Dark Reign, the team was officially sanctioned by S.H.I.E.L.D., and was one of two public teams of Avengers active in the Marvel Universe. They were led by Luke Cage and based in Avengers Mansion.


In other media, the team (consisting of Spider-Man, Luke Cage, War Machine, Iron Fist, Wolverine, and the Thing) appeared in a self-titled episode of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!. Most of the members also are playable heroes in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance. Also, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the New Avengers are referenced at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultronnote  in which, with Thor leaving for Asgard, the Hulk for parts unknown, and Iron Man and Hawkeye calling time on their tenure in the team, Cap and Black Widow decide to rebrand the team with War Machine, The Falcon, Scarlet Witch and The Vision as its new formation.

Not to be confused with the British TV show The New Avengers, which was a revival of The Avengers.


For the 2012 New Avengers, please see Jonathan Hickman's Avengers. For the All-New, All-Different 2015 New Avengers, please see New Avengers (2015).

Tropes used in New Avengers:

  • Accidental Hero: When a demon possesses Stephen Strange and Daimon Hellstrom, Wolverine stabs them with his claws. Strange recovers, and praises Wolverine for realizing that only massive physical trauma would make the demons leave their host. Spider-Man chimes in: Wolverine simply goes for blood, it was just Crazy Enough to Work.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Any place they use as a headquarters typically has a hard time. Avengers Mansion has probably had it worst.
  • Almighty Nanny: Squirrel Girl. Although she is demonstrably more capable than anyone else on the team, she sometimes has trouble being taken seriously, and everyone agrees that she's really the only one of an appropriate mindset to take care of a baby.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different:
    • During Secret Invasion, both this title and Mighty Avengers didn't feature the titular Avengers, but instead revealed backstory for several of the Skrull replacements. Justified, in that both teams were trapped in the Savage Land for a large portion of the story, and the story was originally going to be a Bat Family Crossover taking place in the two Avengers titles before Executive Meddling decided to make the story a Crisis Crossover limited series instead.
    • One storyline during vol 2 focuses on Nick Fury gathering his own version of the Avengers in the fifties, which has nothing to do with the present-day segments.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Hood, the Dark Avengers
  • The Atoner: Daredevil, due to the events of Shadowland, and Doctor Strange to some extent.
  • Back for the Finale: Wolverine, at the end of volume 1, after being unavailable for the last few arcs due to events in X-Men.
  • Badass in Distress: The first things the second line-up do are try to retrieve Captain America's body from S.H.I.E.L.D. after learning that he may still be alive, before flying to Japan to save Echo from being forced into the Hand.
  • Badass Longcoat: Doctor Strange.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Iron Man and Spider-Man share this sort of relationship, until Civil War.
  • Big "NO!": Happens during the Fear Itself crossover, when Squirrel Girl sets her squirrels on a Nazi.
  • Bookends:
    • Vol. 2 #16 (The final Fear Itself tie-in) opened with Hawkeye questioning what makes someone "Avengers material" and several Avengers arguing that certain people don't belong on the team; the issue ends with the same Avengers pointing out that applying Alternate Character Interpretation means that same person is very much the type of person who should be an Avenger.
    • In a wider sense, Vol. 2 started and ended with arcs heavily based around magic, possession, Doctor Strange, and the title of Sorcerer Supreme.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Norman Osborn escapes from prison and organizes a new team of Dark Avengers. One of his recruits is Skaar, son of Hulk. He lists all the reasons why this new team will succeed, and finally points out that "besides, we got a Hulk".
  • Brick Joke: In the first issue of Vol. 2, Iron Fist gives Luke Cage a dollar to purchase Avengers Mansion from Tony Stark. When Luke leaves the team in the final issue of the volume, he sells it back to Stark for 5 dollars and Iron Fist complains that it was his money in the first place, whilst Stark notes that he sold the mansion to Cage for a fifth of that.
  • Bury Your Gays: Victoria Hand gets a bridge dropped on her in the last story of vol 2.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Naturally, Spider-Man is the chief offender, but they all have their moments.
    Ronin (mid-battle) : Yo, Cage, do they always talk this much during a fight?
    Luke Cage: Uh, yes, actually.
    Iron Fist: Yeah, I didn't know there was banter involved. I don't do banter.
    Luke Cage: You're doing banter now, Fist.
    Iron Fist: No, I'm not.
    Luke Cage: I didn't say it was good banter.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Ronin. Despite being on all of the early covers, the character didn't appear until the midway point of the original line-up's run (and then immediately went to Japan to spy on the Hand), before becoming part of the team properly after Civil War.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Echo, after Secret Invasion. Lampshaded by Spider-Man asking if anyone knew where she'd gone; and again with her reappearance when Luke Cage and Jessica Jones were looking for a Nanny, as she angrily asks if Cage even remembers that she used to be on the team.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The 1950s Avengers has Nick Fury recruiting people with super powers for "The Avengers Initiative". But that doesn't explain the use of the name, as the Avengers were named that way by the Wasp simply for Rule of Cool.
  • Cosmic Retcon: By virtue of Spider-Man being in the cast throughout the first volume, the effects of One More Day wind up coming into effect during the build-up to Secret Invasion - as such, everyone loses their knowledge of his secret identity until he unmasks to the team again after the event.
  • Costume Copycat: Spider-Man lampshades the Dark Avengers use of costumes previously worn by actual heroes.
  • Cross Through: The post-Civil War issues occur with the opening arc of Mighty Avengers, when the team's plane is downed by Ultron's EMP. After recovering, they watch her message to the world.
  • A Day in the Spotlight: During Civil War, each issue focused on an individual member of the team who didn't have their own series, with Captain America and Iron Man also getting issues due to scheduling conflicts with their own series.
  • Deep Sleep: After witnessing Brother Voodoo repel Agamotto's invasion (with tragic results), Doctor Strange wakes up in the next issue and is told he's been asleep for fifteen hours.
  • Disability Superpower:
    • Daredevil has enhanced senses, including a "radar sense" that shows him the world around him.
    • Echo is a deaf woman who posses "photographic reflexes" that allow her to mimic the feats of those around her.
  • Double Agent: Victoria Hand, with the requisite "whose side is she really on?" questions. The period between the end of Dark Reign and Avengers vs. X-Men plays this for all it's worth.
  • The Dreaded: Elektra, as far as Japan is concerned. Or not, since it's her Skrull replacement.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The entirety of Alpha Flight is apparently killed, off-panel no less, by The Collective / Michael Pointer / Xorn. This was eventually undone.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Mockingbird, once she receives a dosage of the Infinity Formula.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The Sentry grabs Carnage and flies him out into space and tears the symbiote in two. The second arc established the Sentry's character to a fuller extent, but this established that he was not going to be a low-level hero.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Spider-Man and Jessica Jones, complete with the embarrassing revelations that she had a crush on him; and that Peter didn't even realise that Jessica Jones, superhero and former Bugle co-worker, went to the same school as him as he only knew her as "Coma Girl".
  • Eviler Than Thou: The Hood's first appearance is him shooting the Owl.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In one story arc, Hank Pym and Doctor Strange enter Luke Cage's body to remove an explosive device from his heart.
  • Fastball Special:
    • With Wolverine on the team, one of the heavy hitters will occasionally perform the traditional variant.
    • Spider-Man and Iron Fist used a variant in a battle with Ragnarok, with Iron Fist as the projectile.
  • Foreshadowing: When everyone's scared about who might be a Skrull, Doctor Strange casts a spell to make sure everyone is who they say they are, and if they're lying it hurts them. The only one to react negatively is Spider-Woman, who spends several panels having difficulty standing up. Which no-one notices.
    • Spider-Woman's Civil War tie in focus issue is completely lacking in any inner monologue or narration from her or anything that gets into her head and shows what she's thinking unlike nearly every other focus issue. Because of course, it's not her but Veranke and her inner motives are not at all what "Spider-Woman" appears to be doing.
  • Groin Attack:
    • The Hood to Wolverine. With bullets.
    • Luke Cage to Elektra's Skrull replacement.
  • Handicapped Badass: Echo, a deaf woman with photographic memory; Daredevil, a blind man with "Radar Sense".
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Spider-Woman (or better, the skrull Queen Veranke posing as her) gets this reaction from Iron Man and Luke Cage when she appears in her sexy red and yellow costume
    Iron Man: Well, Agent Drew... In the most P.C., non-threatening, professional way I'd like to say...
    Luke Cage: Damn, girl.
    Iron Man: Exactly.
  • Hero Does Public Service: Between adventures with cosmic level threats, the Avengers take time to stand on street corners in bad neighborhoods to help make people feel more secure and let small-time crooks know they're not below them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Luke Cage and Iron Fist, naturally. Spider-Man mocks this by asking Luke if Danny is available for dating.
  • Hey, That's My Line!:
    • Spider-Man invokes this in regards to Luke Cage.
    Spider-Man: I'm telling you. This is fishy. Fishy fishy.
    Luke Cage: My spider-sense is tingling too.
    Spider-Man: That's copyrighted.
    Thing: Guess what time it is!
    Spider-Man: Really, you'll never guess!
    Ms. Marvel Is it clobberin' time?
    Spider-Man: Oh man, you guessed it right off the bat! First try!
    Thing: Guys, you called me all the way out here. The least you could do is let me do my own catchphrase!
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Spider-Man's status as The Smart Guy, but only after the changes due to the One More Day Reset Button took effect.
    • In an early story, Iron Man chides Peter for not using his brain as much as he could.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: When the team were hiding out at the Sanctum Sanctorum, Doctor Strange cast a spell on the building that it made it appear as if it had been long been deserted. He even went so far as to use a codeword which also hid any inhabitants that used it. Subverted, as Iron Man suspected the team were doing this, but couldn't find a magic user (or at least, a magic user willing to work with S.H.I.E.L.D.) able to overcome Strange's spell.
  • History Repeats: Implied to be happening during the Avengers vs. X-Men tie-in, in regards to Hope Summers and Fongji.
  • Home Base
    • Stark/Avengers Tower until Civil War.
    • Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum until he left the team.
    • "Avengers Apartment" until Secret Invasion, which they use for all of two issues.
    • Bucky's Safehouse until Siege.
    • Avengers Mansion since the end of Dark Reign.
  • Iconic Sequel Character:
    • Despite the popularity of the character, Spider-Man only joins the Avengers as a full-fledged member for the first time here.
    • The Ronin identity is better known as an alias of Clint Barton rather than Echo, thanks to Echo only wearing it for a handful of appearances before it was appropriated by Barton following Civil War.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies:
    • Daredevil pulls this when Captain America first approaches him to be part of the first line-up. He tries to pull it again when Luke Cage and Jessica Jones ask him to join the team following Fear Itself, but they point out it doesn't really work, since he'd be an Avenger and they'd have his back.
    • Doctor Strange tries a similar argument after Daniel Drumm swears vengeance on him, which sets up one of Luke Cage's better lines. "Okay. Raise your hand if any of you [the gathered members of the New Avengers] have ever had the bad guy threaten all holy hell on you before he died, went to jail, disappeared, vanished, or just in general felt like lipping off." Every hand in the room goes up.
    • On the other hand, Jessica Jones walked away from the team because her daughter's life was threatened by Norman Osborn.
  • Killer Rabbit: Squirrel Girl can summon an army of squirrels to kill you. Avengers Mansion is right by Central Park. She can summon a lot of squirrels.
  • Legacy Character:
    • Subverted - After the death of Steve Rogers, Luke Cage states that they are Avengers, because Captain America said they were.
    • Played straight, however, in Clint Barton assuming the Ronin name after Captain America's death and keeping it until the start of the Heroic Age; and Bucky joined the team during his tenure as Captain America.
    • Discussed by Iron Fist and Doctor Strange following Civil War, with the two of of them bearing mantles (Sorcerer Supreme and the Iron Fist) that had been previously passed down to them, and they will later pass on in their lives. Capped off with this:
    Iron Fist: Well, whoever they are, I hate them.
    Doctor Strange: As do I.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In the initial arc, Maria Hill informs Captain America that he can't just form a new team of Avengers because he feels like it. Cap then tells her that she can check his S.H.I.E.L.D. file and verify for herself that he was previously given "Full Champion License" during Nick Fury's tenure as S.H.I.E.L.D. director; which means that he has the authority to assemble any team he sees fit to go on any mission he sees fit and they don't need S.H.I.E.L.D. permission to put the Avengers back together. Never mind that S.H.I.E.L.D. never had any authority over the Avengers anyway.
    • When Brother Voodoo challenges Agamotto one-on-one, he uses a spell that gathers the collective strength and fighting ability of the New Avengers into a single person.
  • Male Gaze: Luke Cage makes several remarks about Suspiria when he sees her, even when his wife is standing right next to him.
  • Mamet Speak: As expected of a Bendis comic, but especially whenever Luke and Jessica Jones are having a conversation - they get entire pages worth of back-and-forth.
  • The Mole:
    • Spider-Woman is really the Skrull Queen Veranke until after Secret Invasion.
    • Victoria Hand looks like one at first, but it's ultimately averted, as she follows Steve Rogers' orders now.
    • Skaar was Steve Rogers' inside man in the second incarnation of the Dark Avengers.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Hood is granted the Norn Stones by Loki after his connection with Dormammus is severed. After Loki takes them back, he seeks out Count Nefaria to try and invoke this again, but the New Avengers track him down and arrest him before he could get new powers again.
  • Never Found the Body: The Collective arc ends with a plane that has Magneto onboard exploding, with all hands lost. Everyone treats it like it's a serious possibility Magneto is actually, totally dead for reals. He showed up in an X-Men comic a few months later.
  • Never My Fault: It's kinda Daniel Drumm's fault his brother dies, yet he still blames the Avengers for it.
  • No-Sell: Spider-Man is immune to telepathy while asleep, as one S.H.I.E.L.D. psychic finds out a few seconds too late.
  • Nuke 'em: The American government's plan to deal with the Collective is to nuke what's left of Genosha while the Avengers are on it. Maria Hill refuses to do it.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Jeryn Hogarth, Daniel Rand's lawyer, manages to run circles around Iron Man, and seriously pisses off Ms. Marvel in the process. However, given this is after Civil War, and Iron Man's trying to arrest his former friends, it's brilliant to behold.
  • Off with His Head!: In the flashback to Fury's Avengers, Sabretooth does this to a Red Skull.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: The Sentry throwing the Void into the sun.
    • Similarily, Spider-Man reminds everyone that Victoria Hand was Norman Osborn's right hand during Dark Reign at every opportunity.
  • One of the Boys: Within the team dynamic, Mockingbird tends to be this. She's not part of the Romantic Three Girl Friendship between Carol and the two Jessicas (Spider-Woman and Jessica Jones), and instead whenever she's getting chummy with a teammember, it's with one of the boys. She also has the most tomboyish personality, probably helped by her tomboyish name.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted between Jessica Jones and Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew).
  • Playing Both Sides:
    • Jessica Drew/Spider Woman was revealed to be recruited by HYDRA to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. as The Mole in exchange for her powers being restored, except Nick Fury had her feeding HYDRA limited intel whilst S.H.I.E.L.D. analysed the HYDRA cell and planned to use the intel to take them down; when the Captain America recruited her to the New Avengers, HYDRA amended her role to also spy on the Avengers. When the team found out about her role as a double agent, it was decided to do the same thing she was doing for S.H.I.E.L.D. and have her feed HYDRA limited intel. And then it turns out that she was replaced by Veranke during the proceedure to restore her powers, and she was playing the New Avengers, HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of the Skrull's plans to take Earth.
    • Victoria Hand, formerly Norman Osborn's right hand during Dark Reign, serves as the team's S.H.I.E.L.D liaison at Steve Rogers's request, but provides info on the team to Osborn's new H.A.M.M.E.R organisation. However, this is also at Rogers's request, as she provides info on H.A.M.M.E.R to him, with the New Avengers' distrust of her providing the ideal cover.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Ms. Marvel doesn't recognise a quote from Ghostbusters, much to Spider-Man and the Thing's consternation.
  • The Power of Friendship/True Companions: The team has a "family" vibe, complete with nearly-once-a-book scenes of them sitting around a table eating and talking.
  • Power Outage Plot: The comic opens with Electro causing a blackout in New York City, which knocks out power to the Raft, the prison for supervillains, leading to a massive jailbreak. The new Avengers team is formed from heroes who happened to be there to respond to the crisis.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Wolverine, for the last few arcs of the first volume, due to his being on Utopia with the rest of the X-Men. Notable, as he was still considered a member of the team during this time - Everyone else who left the title wasn't.
    • Echo, who was written out and eventually joined the cast of Moon Knight. And then died.
  • The Quiet One: Fongji, former Iron Fist, hardly ever said a word, so much so everyone assumed she was mute. Eventually, however, she does start speaking.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: By vol. 2 under Luke Cage, the team consists of anyone he has managed to recruit, yielding a mismatched bag of heroes, some of whom are on their second (or third, or fourth) chance. Wong called them a "second-rate pile of Avengers" and Kyle Richmond, aka Nighthawk, said "clearly you guys are The Defenders."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Daimon Hellstrom delivers an amazing one to the picketers in front of Avengers Mansion (and indirectly to the Marvel Universe civilian populace in general) after they defeat Agamotto in the first arc of Volume 2:
    I hope you dregs and slackers appreciate what these people just did for you today. They saved your lives! They saved the world! Not metaphorically. Actually! And they're not even going to come out and take a bow. You get me? The world gets to turn one more day and it's because of them. So you better go do something a hell of a lot more meaningful than watching reality TV and fighting over your seat on the bus. You'd better appreciate it.
  • Riding into the Sunset: Luke Cage and Jessica Jones at the end of Volume 2, electing to call time on their tenure with the Avengers following the latest events with the Phoenix in order to raise daughter Danielle.
  • Running Gag: Whenever the Avengers are getting their asses handed to them, Spider-Man suggesting that Senty throws whatever is kicking the team's ass into the sun.
    The Sentry: I don't throw everything into the sun...
  • Screaming Woman: When the Hood attacks Tigra in her house, what does Tigra, a former police officer and Avengers, do? She just goes "AIIEEEE" over and over.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Hope Summers and Fongji, both of whom wield the power of the Phoenix. Fongji takes this even further by being an Iron Fist as well. They even look very similar.
  • Spiritual Successor: Most of the original line-up of the New Avengers had fought in the Secret War (also by Bendis). Too bad they don't remember the details.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Echo as Ronin. A bit of Fridge Brilliance with this, since given the VERY Japanese nature of the identity (plus the fact that the costume does a great job of hiding the fact there's a woman in it), nobody would ever suspect that Ronin was actually a Latina woman from America, not a male from Japan.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Luke and Jessica trying to find a superpowered nanny for their daughter. Some candidates are horrible, some are offended, and some take the opportunity to get in a few zings at the team. But the last one is perfect.
  • Time Skip: The comic book began with a six month time skip from the events of Avengers Disassembled.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Wolverine, of the Necessarily Evil kind. Iron Man notes to Captain America that, aside from strengthening human/mutant relations, this would be an important reason to have Logan around - He'd be able (and willing) to do things that none of the other team members would (though Wolvie's considerably more mellow these days).
    Wolverine: [to Brother Voodoo] Bub, I can do what needs to be done in a way you can't.
    The Thing: I think that's a compliment, by the way.
  • Too Much Information: After everyone wakes up naked in the Savage Land, Spider-Woman notes Peter is the only one without underwear. He explains he never wears any in his Spidey outfit (it chafes). Spider-Woman's reaction?
    I want off the team.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Wong, who spends a lot of his appearances in vol 2 insulting and swearing at everyone.
  • Trauma Conga Line: This series is hard on Doctor Strange. The final flare-up of dark magic which led him to give up the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme; the quest for his successor with a Dormammu-empowered Hood at his heels; and finally the abrupt invasion of Agamotto into their dimension, which the new Sorcerer Supreme, Brother Voodoo, repelled at the cost of the Eye of Agamotto and his own life — all happened in issues of New Avengers.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Echo, who is of mixed Latina and Native American descent. In fact, her having a disability (deafness) makes it a threefer.
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: "I've always wondered what would happened if I Iron Fisted a Hulk..."note 
  • Villains Out Shopping: When the team is running from the Hand, they wind up at Silver Samurai's house, where he's watching Lindsay Lohan movies.
  • Wham Episode: Issue 31 - The Reveal that the Skrulls were covertly replacing high powered figures on Earth in preparation of an invasion.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • During the post-Civil War arc, Silver Samurai notes that the Hand, under Elektra's leadership, are violently seizing control over the Japanese underworld. Once Elektra gets a sword through the chest, and turns out to be a skrull, the Avengers go home, and never mention the Hand again.
    • The first time Earth has no Sorcerer Supreme, it's an immediate crisis that must be dealt with at once. The second time, it appears that two years of real time can pass without any particular badness occurring.
    • When Iron Fist is abducted by Agamotto pretending to be the Ancient One, he hears two voices, one that speaks in green and one in yellow. While the yellow one turns out to be Agamotto the other one remains unrevealed.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Nick Fury warns against immortality, calling it "a ticket to every friend's funeral", when discussing whether to give Mockingbird the Infinity Formula.
  • Wolverine Publicity: There are three characters who were in the book since the very first arc - Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Guess which one's the Creator's Pet and which two this trope applies to.


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